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Virtual Shavuot Box - 2020 Edition

Virtual Shavuot Box


This Virtual Shavuot Box was created for the holiday in 2020/5780. The current year’s Virtual Shavuot Box is available at this link.

Your Virtual Shavuot Box holds many ways to celebrate this holiday. Choose what nurtures you. Eat, listen, watch or read. Chag Sameach!


Eat: Shavuot Persian Rice Pudding Recipe

Enjoy a traditional Mizrahi treat with Adva Chattler to observe the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot. Click here to visit. Sourced from Ritualwell

Bowls of rice pudding


Listen: Whole-Body Judaism

Yoshi Silverstein’s passions strive towards creative embodied Jewish practice. Rabbi Deborah Waxman explores how these approaches can contribute to a resilient Jewish community and, by applying them to Shavuot, how they might help us experience revelation and gratitude in the midst of an uncertain future. Click here to listen. Sourced from Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience 

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience


Watch: Revelation in the Key of Reconstructionism

Rabbi Linda Holtzman asks the question, “If God didn’t ‘give’ a Torah, then what does revelation mean, and how can we ‘believe’ in it?” Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash 

Revelation in the Key of Reconstructionism


Read: Shavuot Theology

In this article, excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Rabbi Jacob Staub explains the Reconstructionist interpretation of the revelation of Torah on Mount Sinai. Click here to read. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Group of women with hands on shoulders of one of the group


Read: Revelation Can Be Terrifying

Rabbi Benjamin Weiner “reveals” how the Bible’s description of the shuddering of the people at Mount Sinai reflects a deep truth about how moments of revelatory insight can be frightening. Click here to read. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Snow-capped mountain


Read: Introduction to the Book of Ruth

The story of Ruth is traditionally read on Shavuot morning. Miriam Grossman’s and Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson’s poem introduces the reading with some help from the Midrash. Click here to read. Sourced from Ritualwell

desert road in valley between mountains

These resources were drawn from:



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